How Gender Bias Impacts Sibling Relationships in South Asian Households

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Growing up in Canada, I was never aware of the gender bias in my house over my brother and I, until much later in life. I went to an all girls’ school, was never permitted to go on sleepovers, and certainly battled it out with my protective father when it came to school dances, prom and other social outings with friends. I’m sure many of you may have gone through similar experiences being raised by South Asian parents.

Documentary Film ‘What’s Love Got to do With it’ Tackles Arranaged Versus Love Marriages in India

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“What’s Love Got To Do With It” is a good film in its own right and definitely addresses a lot of relevant issues that need to be raised and highlighted about India’s long history of putting so much importance on marriage.

#FreeSantaDevi: The Child Marriage Movement That Has Taken Over India

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Today, whether it is for the fight against police brutality in the United States, against xenophobia in South Africa, for Palestinian autonomy, or the global struggle against the largest human rights crisis in the world, epidemic global structural and physical violence against women, you hear our generation ask, usually those outside the fight, where is the vision? People say, where is Malcolm X,

What We Have Turned Blind To

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All too often, blinded by our own conceptions, we try to turn our backs to the dark, painful things that make us cringe and the misery that may be light years or just inches away. But it is also in the same pain and misery that we sometimes see the greatest amount of hope and joy.

‘Red,’ a Poem by Shilpa Prasad

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And I forced myself to look past the red on my face. And instead feel the red blood. Rushing in my veins. The same red blood that carried, all my passions, desire, and love.

Multi-talented Performer Rati Gupta Breaks Stereotypes With Laughter

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Rati Gupta, grew up in Michigan City, IN, she is a dancer, actor and stand up comedian, who is breaking South Asian stereotypes in mainstream media through her screenplays, writing and comedy.

Freddie Gray’s Death is a Call to Action for More South Asian Allies

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From status updates on Facebook to articles in the media, everyone continues to voice their opinion on Freddie Gray, whether they agree or disagree with his arrest and ultimate death. It’s hard to believe 30 days have elapsed since the passing of Gray, and even though the media frenzy has somewhat simmered down, the number of people murdered in Baltimore has not.

Deepika Padukone’s New Ad Will Have you in Tears and Calling Your Mom

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When was the last time a jewelry ad made you tear, even borderline cry? Deepika Padukone’s ad has the power to do all of that and more.

Rina Patel: Brown Girl of the Month and Founder of Aahana, NPO in Gujarat

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This proverb has always reminded me of the long, adventurous and circuitous journey my father took from his small village in India to the diamond business in Surat, Gujarat, to the depths of Mumbai, to the suburbs of Chicago, to the little India of New Jersey and finally,

Ramya Ramana Shares Her Thoughts on South Asian Women in the Arts

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Meet youth activist, poet and writer, Ramya Ramana, who at 19-years-old has shared stages with notable politicians, celebrities and activists, such as Harry Belafonte, President Bill Clinton, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rosario Dawson and Eve Ensler.

Tanaz Choudhury Is Proof That Women Can Have It All

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In June 2014, I had the honor of attending the South Asian Young Women Entrepreneur (SAY WE) “Raise, Rise, Rule!” conference in Houston. There I met Tanaz Choudhury, CEO and president of MABY USA and Chief Operating Officer of TanChes Group of Companies & MABY USA, and a panelist in the “Making Dollars & Sense: Let’s Talk Money” panel.

Journalist and Brown Girl of the Month Sabrina Siddiqui Chats News and Politics

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I was about 13 years old when I decided I wanted to be a journalist. Like most kids, I had been asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” countless times. But at 13 was perhaps the first moment in my life when I came up with a serious answer and one that wasn’t just a phase.

Glam up Your Desi Look With This Yellow Saree and Gold Details

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For today’s post, I am sharing a gem from my own collection, Zunera by Labels. I have always loved sarees because it is such an elegant and diverse outfit, if worn right.

Meet The Staff: Anjali Sharma

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Hi fellow brown girls and boys! My name is Anjali Sharma and I am a fifteen-year-old, 100% Punjabi girl, born and raised in the town that contains the country’s #1 beach in sunny Florida. Whew, that’s a mouthful.

Meet The Staff: Nur Kara

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I am a mosaic—a medley of cultures, an assortment of spices.

My ancestors are from Gujarat, India, but the past four generations of my immediate family were born and raised in East Africa.

Your New Girl Crushes: Twins Poonam and Priyanka Infuse Bharatnatyam With Their ‘Ramta Jogi’ Choreography

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If these two aren’t the cutest and most badass twins that you’ve ever met, then we don’t know what to tell you. Their Bharatnatyam infused choreography to the nostalgically popular song from the 1999 Bollywood movie, “Taal” is worth watching on repeat. And then, once more.

10 Great South Asian Americans you Probably Haven’t Heard Of, but Should

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Here are 10 noteworthy South Asian Americans, who may not be commonly known, but should be looked up to for their inspiring, innovative and entrepreneurial efforts.

How to Easily and Efficiently Rock the Monochrome Trend, by Fashion Blogger Maryam Asadullah

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One of my favorite trends from this season is the monochrome trend. Brands like Givenchy, Balmain, and Isabel Marant have made monochrome a staple in their vast collections.

Top 9 Drugstore Pink Lipstick Shades to Have in Your Makeup Bag

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the many shades and types of lipsticks at the beauty counter because you are not sure which one would suit you best? It’s your lucky day, beauties because I’ve got you covered in choosing the perfect pink shade.

How to Pair a Big, Comfy Sweater With the Right Blouse and Accessories

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This winter, thanks to snow storms, I spent a lot of time indoors next to our fireplace with a warm blanket and comfy sweater. I have always been a little too sensitive to cold, so even now, I like big, cozy, colorful sweaters and puffy jackets.

Glam up Your Desi Look With This Yellow Saree and Gold Details

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For today’s post, I am sharing a gem from my own collection, Zunera by Labels. I have always loved sarees because it is such an elegant and diverse outfit, if worn right.

Air India Airlines Aims for Women’s Empowerment With a Fashion Show

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India’s national airline, Air India , marked International Women’s day – March 8th 2015, with a new initiative working towards raising awareness on female empowerment, skills development, educating the girl child and entrepreneurship by partnering with the Indian Women Pilots Association (IWPA), Adharshila, AVA Merchandising, Helping Hands and Gayatri Jolly.

Anthropologie Shoots With Model Neelam Gill in Rajasthan

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The American brand, Anthropologie, shot its March Lookbook in Rajasthan, India, with none other than our favorite brown girl model Neelam Gill. There’s no better way to officially welcome Spring than with Gill’s spectacular looks for the everyday American Desi girl.

Nars Makeup Review: Audacious Lipsticks

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Nars Cosmetics launched a new permanent lipstick line called Audacious, which includes 40 color rich shades that give a creamy finish so your lips can look smoother and fuller.

The Perfect Jumpsuit and Metallics Ensemble, by Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar

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I am so in love with jumpsuits for the spring. They are making a big come back along with flared pants and bellbottoms. Not to mention, floral pants are also all the rage this season.

Documentary Film ‘What’s Love Got to do With it’ Tackles Arranaged Versus Love Marriages in India

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“What’s Love Got To Do With It” is a good film in its own right and definitely addresses a lot of relevant issues that need to be raised and highlighted about India’s long history of putting so much importance on marriage.

All India Bakchod’s New Video is a Hilarious Look at Indian Weddings

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Indian weddings, as joyful, jubilant and celebrated as they may be, also have their own setbacks. The All India Bakchod comics have put together a two-part video, titled “Honest Weddings,” which is a hilarious and incredibly honest take on desi shaadis.

New Online Magazine, Kaur Life, Creates a Splash of Empowerment for Sikh Women

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“Kaur Life is a space where Kaurs [Sikh women] can share their stories and learn from each other,” Lakhpreet, founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine, said. “It’s a place where women can take up space and raise their voices.”

10 Great South Asian Americans you Probably Haven’t Heard Of, but Should

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Here are 10 noteworthy South Asian Americans, who may not be commonly known, but should be looked up to for their inspiring, innovative and entrepreneurial efforts.

Actress Poorna Jagannathan on Why ‘Nirbhaya’ Resonates With People From Across the World

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Powerful, heartbreaking, honest, necessary. These four words perfectly describe Yael Farber’s most affecting work to date, Nirbhaya. Inspired by the 2012 horrific gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in Delhi, the woman whose nickname became Nirbhaya

The Film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a Huge Leap Backwards for the Feminist Movement, And Here’s Why

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” was supposed to be the hottest movie of the year, if not ever. The film doesn’t have much in the way of depth, or artistic merit, or amazing content. It’s a commercial product, and it sold. It sold really well. It was the pure commodification of sexuality.

Hip-Hop Artist Kaly Paves the Way for South Asian American Diversity in the Music Industry

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“I just want people, everyone, to know that we [South Asians] can be successful at this [hip-hop] as well.” Kaly continued, “There are no limits to our power and it’s about time we take back our own culture and showcase our stories.”

Deepika Padukone’s New Ad Will Have you in Tears and Calling Your Mom

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When was the last time a jewelry ad made you tear, even borderline cry? Deepika Padukone’s ad has the power to do all of that and more.

The SAFL @ NYIFF Readings Bring Promising New South Asian Voices to The Film, TV and Theater World

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Screenwriters Shah, Anand and Jhunjhunwala will feature short snippets of their scripts onstage with a cast comprised of actors from SAFL as a showcase for the audience. The three writers’ uniqueness is what brings hope to the future of South Asian-created film, television and theater.


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